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Karma Collection

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. So Lonely
  2. Mathar (The Original Indian Vibes)
  3. Sunset
  4. Fever [Steve Hillage Mix]
  5. The Lagos Communiqué
  6. Mustt Mustt [Massive Attack Remix]
  7. Trust in Me
  8. Sajanna
  9. Papua New Guinea [Blue States Mix]
  10. Ocean Beach [Cybophonia Cinematic Remix]
  11. The Call (Intro Tema)
  12. Rolling Thunder
  13. En Csak Azt Csodalom (Lullabye for Katharine)
  14. Novio
  15. Always Remember to Respect and Honour Your Mother, Pt. 1 [7" Mix]
  16. Swollen [Dusted Vocal Mix]
  17. Likufanele
  18. Up With People [Zero 7 Remix]

Disc: 2

  1. Light
  2. Come to My Body
  3. Danya
  4. Sonhar
  5. Desire
  6. Interview With the Angel
  7. Caislean Oir
  8. Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
  9. Rah
  10. Did I Dream (Song to the Siren) [Bomb Factory Bollywood Mix]
  11. Touareg
  12. Cores
  13. Racing Away
  14. La Guitare Enchantee
  15. Weather Storm
  16. Harm of Will
  17. Ready for Us


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Musicrama/Koch
  • ASIN: B0000DESZ1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,551,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With the plethora of "Buddha Bar" lounge / supper club albums in the racks at silly import prices; it was only a matter of time until club compilation giants Ministry Of Sound waded in for a piece of the action. Happily, on this occasion, bigger definitely means better. This is by far the best album of it's kind in the marketplace, especially if you (like I) have found the Claude Challe albums to be all style and no content.
'Karma Collection' kicks off (predictably) with Jakatta's current cover hit of 'Ever So Lonely', and then hits you with a lovely sequence of Dave Pike's classic 'Mathar' (currently on the Jamie Oliver ad), Nitin Sawhney's sublime 'Sunset' and into Stereo MC's, Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack's mix of 'Mustt Mustt'. Special spotter points for including the snake song from 'The Jungle Book' sung by Susheela Raman, and for finding 90's Indie stars Ride's most cosmic moment in 'Rolling Thunder'. It then goes a bit 'sonic cathedral' with Marta Sebestyn, Moby and the Aled Jones On Ecstacy vibe of Dusted, before riding out with mellow masters Zero 7.
Disc 2 is a bit deeper, with the odd Celtic moment thrown in (Clannad repositioned as veteran chill out masters - whatever next?); and has some sweet simple pleasures with Grant Lee Phillips and Horace Andy on 1 Giant Leap's 'Racing Away' and Bjork's barely there ethereal presence on 'Harm Of Will'. All this comes in a lovely red strokey tactile box, with pretty gold embossed letters. Will definitely look good on that Heal's coffee table.
In conclusion, if you are a real fan of global beats, chances are you've probably got a lot of these tunes already, possibly on other comps. However, if you don't want to pay £30 for a French import; and you just want to relax to some sensual and seductive sounds from around our planet, or you are looking to turn on a friend to something which is definitely fresher and cooler than Another Bloody Chillout CD, shell out now amigos!
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Given the proliferation of chillout albums, it can be hard to distinguish one from the other. The venerable dance label Ministry of Sound has already branched out into the chillout arena, but on "Karma Collection," they've taken the genre to another level by releasing an album of downtempo gems and Eastern-influenced tracks. The end result is one seamless groove that contains some of the most traffic-stoppingly beautiful selections I have heard. The usual guests on chillout albums appear (Thievery Corporation, Moby, Stereo MC's), but the real standouts are selections from Clannad, Susheela Raman, Fug, and the ever-etheral touches of Dead Can Dance. The entire collection clocks in at 2.5 hours, and not once did I hit the "skip" button on my CD player. This is ideal music for dinner, working at your computer, or a Sunday afternoon brunch. As with all imports, the price on this one is steep. But the reality is this: if you want quality, you're gonna have to pay. Of course, you can take the cheap route and get the second-rate domestic compilations, but you're only cheating yourself. "Karma Collection" is required listening for all chillout gurus and beginners alike. Although I nearly cracked my wallet to get this, it's worth every dime.
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Not one to miss a trend, Ministry of Sound has astutely thrown their hat into the worldbeat dance ring, the hallmark sound for dozens of swanky French bars and massage therapists. MoS dubs it spiritually enlightening chillout, a succinct description. And while one could just say their A&R exec sent out a memo to round up three dozen or so popular ethnic-themed tracks for mass consumption...
The Karma Collection works for the simple reason that the Ministry knows their audience is the dance massive, and that audience wants an understandable, accessible entry into the ethnic sound. Much of these tunes are unabashedly floor friendly with a "worldly" instrument thrown in, a test of how much sitar you can sit through. Jakata's "So Lonely" is straight up charming psychedelic pop, dittos "Dave Pike's "Mathar." The lilting cabaret of Susheela Raman's "Trust In Me" beguiles, while Badmarsh & Shri's dreamy sunset ode "Sajanna" and Blue States's harp-filled folktronic remix of "Papua New Guinea" finally receives due recognition. This doesn't even include other hits by Nitin Sawhney, Dusted, and Zero 7.
Disc 2's where they crank the global dial, world chill far removed from the dance realm. There's mandatory Talvin Singh with a flute & breaks "Light," some floating symphonies courtesy of Ghostland and Craig Armstrong (the breathtaking "Weather Storm"), and for good measure some Celtic gospel courtesy via Clannad's 1985 track "Caislean Oir."
In fact, The Karma Collection has very few bumps in the road, barring the odd chanting ditty ("Mustt Mustt") or the spiritual sludge of Deepak Chopra's duff "Desire." Each disc has a completely different audience in mind, but the undeniable licensing muscle of Ministry of Sound insure at least one of these sets will connect with the listener.
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I ordered this used. Came quickly and in great condition. And I paid next to nothing.

There are two discs: disc 1 is a little more "Indian" sounding while disc 2 is somewhat lounge.

Overall it's a good, relaxing album.
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As an electronica junkie who has invested that way more than her fair share in downtempo, import and electronica compilations - and grown bored with overly similar-sounding songs - this compilation is amazing. I listened to it very reluctantly, having heard so much similar material in the past, and I was shocked and impressed by now memorable and unique these songs are. They are all well-chosen and not repeated on every other compilation out there, unlike other comps where you already have half the songs. It's similar to the Claude Challe compilations, but Claude Challe's 2-disc sets pale in comparison to the Karma Collection as his are occasionally uneven. I never got antsy enough to use my 'skip' button to get to the next good song. The music is beautiful and exotic, without becoming boring or forgettable. The set begins up-tempo and eventually begins to wind down on the second disc. The lengthy 35-song playlist is impressive. It's expensive, but well-worth the price, especially if you're lucky enough to find it used. Highly recommended.
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